Gordon Ramsay once had a popular U.K. television show called The F Word. The title was a playful reference to the chef’s dual offering: steak tartare one minute, human mincemeat the next; the perma-frowned drill sergeant with six Michelin stars and 116 ways to call you an idiot.

But nowadays there are other f’s in the mix, too—and they’ve become just as central to the rolling psychodrama that is Brand Ramsay. Mostly, they spring from a truly flagrant father-in-law—a man accused of federal foibles, falsifying finances, and starting a major family feud. It’s enough to make a man curse. Or comfort-eat.